According to the BBC, archaeologists excavating an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in
Cambridgeshire, England have discovered the skeleton of a woman buried with a cow, a “genuinely bizarre” find, according to them. It’s not that strange to find a man buried with a horse, evidently, but a woman buried with a cow is unusual.
I guess so. It would even be bizarre to bury a woman with a cow in 2013.
What really caught my attention, though, is the comment that the co-director of the excavation, Dr Duncan Sayer, from the University of Central Lancashire made, “The cow burial is unique in Europe which makes this an incredibly exciting and important find … I don’t think I’ll find anything as significant as this again in my lifetime.”
Poor guy. Everything after this is going to pale compared to the excitement of finding a buried cow.
Now I hear you, “David, if you were an archaeologist you wouldn’t be so cynical.” And I’m sure you’re right.
In fact, the things that thrill you tell me a lot about you. I was trying to read my paper in peace one morning in a Coffee Shop in Springfield, Massachusetts while the talkative owner… well, he talked. I love sports but he was a sports NUT!
We were talking about a long-past basketball playoff game featuring Boston’s Larry Bird stealing an inbound pass from Detroit’s Isaiah Thomas and passing it to Dennis Johnson for the winning basket in the last seconds of the game.
“That was the high point of my life,” my new friend said. And I thought, “If that was the high point, buddy, you need to get a life.” Lots of things are more important than basketball, for me anyway.
But, if I were to be honest with myself, a lot of people think I’m weird because of the things I’m passionate about. I like sports, love my family, love to be with people (most of them anyway), and I love to read.
If you were to ask me what I’m most passionate about, it would be the Lord Jesus. You couldn’t pay me enough money to leave my home and my family, but I would do it for the Lord. And when people come to the Lord Jesus and He changes their life I just want to say, “That’s one of the high points of my life.”
My goal is to be even more passionate for Him. Paul felt the same way:
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings …” (Php 3:8-10)
What gets you excited?
Have you seen people who were passionate about things that you thought a bit weird? Share it with us (without names please).
“the truth is we don’t find our purpose in life by looking in the mirror. We find it by looking out the window.” Jeff Goins